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Changing lives one word at a time

Welcome!  Our Mission Statement:  Believing that literacy is the foundation for a sustainable community, Washtenaw Literacy provides literacy support, free of charge, to adults through a network of trained tutors. It is our vision to eliminate illiteracy in Washtenaw County.  For over 40 years we have been empowering adults through improved literacy. Since our founding in 1971, we have served over 20,000 learners and trained and fully supported over 10,000 volunteer tutors.  Learn more.

Literacy Impact!  
Meet Calisa Reid and hear from her about how 
learning to read in 2005 changed her life in 2017.
 
  • Learning Labs: Learning Labs are small tutoring groups based on a specific topic. Learners must register in advance. Learning labs can be different each semester, so check this page often to see new options! Registration opens in December for winter learning labs, April for spring/summer learning labs, and August for fall learning labs. Our current learning labs are: 
  • Winter Weather Closures: Washtenaw Literacy ESL open tutoring groups are cancelled when Ann Arbor Public Schools close for inclement weather. The Community Opportunity Center Computer lab will close when Ypsilanti Community Schools close for inclement weather.

Washtenaw Literacy will be honoring outgoing Development Director Vanessa Mayesky at a reception on November 19 at Kerrytown Concert House from 5:30 to 7.  Vanessa has been with Washtenaw Literacy for twelve years, at first as a VISTA volunteer.  She became the agency’s first Development Director in 1999.  In that role, Vanessa built a diversified and strong resource development foundation that included implementing the Benevon system of fundraising, overseeing the creation and implementation of World in a Basket, and developing a solid grant base. 

Vanessa will not be far from Washtenaw Literacy.  She will be the first full-time Coordinator for the new Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County.  Founded in 2007 by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, the Coalition’s 38 members include literacy agencies, educational institutions, businesses and individuals.  The charge of the Coalition is to implement the Blueprint to End Illiteracy.  Washtenaw Literacy is a founding member of the Coalition.